After months and months of planning and organisation in our office, this week saw the 2013 Norfolk heat of the Kids Lit Quiz take place at City Academy Norwich, and what an afternoon it was!
Competing this year were 31 teams from 18 schools, the best our region has ever seen and arguable evidence that Norfolk children really really love to read!
The quiz took place in City Academy’s impressive atrium which provided us with a wonderful setting for the afternoon’s events. There was a great atmosphere and the students taking part inspired us all with their book knowledge and their competitive nature- everyone was keen to try hard and do their best, with most schools looking to beat the score they’d achieved in 2012.
(photo courtesy of @ArtyLibrarian)
After a fast-paced afternoon of 100+ questions plus spot prizes and several tie-break situations, Thetford Grammar came out on top for the second year in a row as their A-team were the overall winners with 73.5 points. They were awarded with the prize cup and their book prize of ___
Close behind and in 2nd place were Litcham School and their B-team scored 72.5 points, with Culford Prep in 3rd place with 70.5. As you can see, the scores this year were incredibly close- often just a half-point difference!- and Quizmaster Wayne Mills was very impressed with the results, commenting that he was pleased to see how highly many of the teams scored. Below is the top ten, showing that many teams were tied in places.
|1||Thetford Grammar A||73.5|
|2||Litcham School B||72.5|
|5||Wymondham Academy B||69.5|
|6||Sheringham High A||69|
|7||Flegg High A||68.5|
|7||Thorpe High A||68.5|
|8||Flegg High B||67.5|
|9||Litcham School A||66.5|
|9||Taverham High B||66.5|
|10||St Clements High B||65.5|
Also competing were an Author & Librarian team in which Sarwat Chadda– the man behind the awesome Ash Mistry series- participated. His team scored a mammoth 97 points and we’d like to thank him not only for taking part in the festivities but for meeting all of the students and signing so many of their books.
We’d like to congratulate Thetford Grammar and will be looking forward to seeing how they fare at the National Final in a few weeks time- we’ll be reporting back on how they do! A huge well done also to Litcham School and Culford Prep, and to every single student who participated. We were SO pleased to see so many of you and absolutely loved just how enthusiastic you all were. If you took part, we really hope you enjoyed the day as much as we all did and hope that you’ll be competing again next year.
Wayne has been touring the UK since he arrived from New Zealand a few weeks ago and has a packed schedule- one regional heat every week-day until the national final which takes place in Wimbledon on December 6th! He has been writing a recap of each quiz on the official kids lit quiz blog which you can find here. We also live tweeted the afternoon on our official SLS twitter account and if you search for the hashtag #NorfolkKLQ13, you’ll be able to see what we and other attendees posted!